A federal judge today denied former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona’s attempt at early release from a Colorado prison, where he’s serving a 5 1/2-year sentence for witness tampering. Carona, who started serving his sentence in January 2011, is due to be released from the federal prison in Littleton, Colo., on Nov. 8, 2015. The ex- lawman is at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, where former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is serving time.
Breaking in the OC Weekly late this afternoon, R. Scott Moxley reports: Bombshell Court Ruling: OC Deputy Unfairly Demoted For Telling Truth About Corruption Under Mike Carona.
Moxley quotes the judge: “The court finds that there is an abundance of evidence to establish malice,” wrote Orange County Superior Court Judge David T. McEachen in his Dec. 6 ruling. “Department officials, at the direction of Carona, set out to destroy Hunt’s candidacy by directly attacking his friends and supporters.” Continue reading
Breaking early this evening on an LA Times blog, this was enough to spoil dinner: Former O.C. Sheriff Carona wants prison sentence cut in half. Corona is looking for a reduction of his 66-month term to 24 to 30 months. Continue reading
O.C. Board of Education Trustee Long Pham is known for his GOP politics
Orange County Board of Education Trustee Long Pham is apparently going to run for reelection while also running for the 72nd Assembly District. That latter campaign is still in question, but Pham has poured a lot of money into that race and as recently as last week he was telling his associates the he is staying in. But he might be making a big mistake.
Pham represents Area One on the O.C. Board of Education. A close look at the redistricted map of the Board’s Area’s shows that he could easily lose to a Latino challenger as there are over 96,000 Latino voters in Area One, versus 64,367 Asian voters. The key for any Latino challengers would of course be to get Latino voters to the polls. There are also over 89,000 white voters in the district – and if no white candidate emerges, their votes could be the key to victory in Area One. There are no Latino Trustees currently serving on the O.C. Board of Education. Continue reading